|Review: Agent Metal - Agent Metal|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: March 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Ouch... This hurts. First full-length for these guys, and I'm not sure what they were thinking, but they sure hadn't found their own sound - things improved the next year with their Three Words EP. Here we have some Heavy/Power Metal that often literally rips off Helloween and Gamma Ray. "Agents of Metal Part 1" is a complete rip off of "I Want Out" and parts of a song on Powerplant that I cannot place at the moment. This is the most blatant rip off here, but various bits and pieces can be found pretty much everywhere else. The singer really sucks on this, trying to sound like a mix of Hansen and Kiske and reaching way beyond his limits, much to my ears' dismay. He got much better on Three Words, fortunately, leaving this nonsense behind. Agent Metal (the album) sounds more like a cover band experimenting with writing its first songs. Lots of good ideas, but most of them aren't theirs and they're trying to be what/who they are not. The album isn't without its moments, mind you - you'll find the occasional "fuck yeah! Now we're talking!" moments, but they are few and far between. The production really doesn't help their case either. Having heard their later output, I find myself wondering if it's the same band at all - in other words, don't judge the band by this album; just skip it and go for Three Words and Sign of the Gun instead.
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